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Thursday, January 13, 2011 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Daltile will host the first educational meeting of the year at their facility featuring the topic of "Manufactured Stone".  Registration and networking will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and presentations beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Cost to attend is nominal at $10.00 per person or $20 for your entire crew and for that the following agenda is planned:


Join three of the area's most recognized experts in the area of manufactured stone:

>Bryon Moore - Manager with daltile

>Marsha McCauley - Architect Representative with daltile

>Doug Krumlauf - Custom Building Products Territory Representative


Join us as these experts share their information and knowledge of manufactured stone, including:

* How does a remodeler check availability of a product?

* How can a remodeler drill a hole through porcelain tile?

* Joints and how to replace grout or repair.

* Repairing broken tiles.

* Know how to professionally select tile and stone for your customers' projects.

* What types of stone and tile can be used on countertops?

* Differences and features of granite, marble and porcelain.

* Cleaning and maintenance tips to "finish" a project.

* Learn everything there is to know about proper installation.


The meeting will be held at daltile's facility located at 4650 Lake Forest Drive in Blue Ash (45242).  Please visit www.naricincinnati.org or call (800) 498-6274 to RSVP now!



Thursday, February 10, 2011 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Green Stock will host February's educational meeting at their facility in Cincinnati.  Topics on how to improve your "Green Practices" will include:


  • Creating a more energy efficient home through air sealing and insulation:
  • Renewable Energy options:
  • Water Efficiency
  • Building products presented by Greener Stock
  • Financing options: tax credits, grants, loans, etc. presented by Greener Stock

 The meeting will be held at Greener Stock, 3528 Columbia Parkway in Cincinnati (45226). Cost to attend is nominal at $10.00 per person or $20.00 for your entire crew.  Please visit www.naricincinnati.org or call (800) 498-6274 to RSVP now!


Thursday, March 24, 2011 

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Marsh Building Products and Marsh Window & Door Classics invite the NARI membership, their guests and prospective members to join them at their Loveland office on Thursday, March 24th.


With a focus on their fiberglass-pultrusion Ultrex, the latest generation of composite building materials, representatives will present their new Apex Ultrex siding and their Integrity All-Ultrex windows and doors.   Apex siding, the only fiberglass-pultrusion siding in the industry, is lightweight and eliminates issues of water absorption and thermal expansion associated with other composite siding and trim products.


Also included will be information and discussions regarding performance, installation, finishing and maintenance of these products, including a hands-on demonstration of an Apex siding installation.  Let's learn together about the application and performance of the latest generation of building materials NARI members will use to lead the industry in the future.


Join Marsh and your friends for food, drinks and door prizes on March 24th at 6:00 p.m. at Marsh Building Products, 10078 East Kemper Road in Loveland.  Cost to attend is nominal at $10.00 per person or $20.00 for your entire crew.  Please visit www.naricincinnati.org or call (800) 498-6274 to RSVP now!


EPA Invites Input from Small Businesses on Expanding Lead Rule


The U.S. EPA issued an invitation to small businesses to offer input on the agency's consideration of actions aimed at expanding its Lead-Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule provisions to include the exteriors of public and commercial buildings.

The agency's invitation is aimed at recruiting members of a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel as the agency considers steps to reduce lead-based paint dust during the renovation, repair, and painting of the exterior of public and commercial buildings.

Please click here for entire article.


Weekly Washington Report


The final week of Congress's "lame duck" session was anything but lame.  In one week, Congress passed a major tax package, authorized military operations for next year, reformed food safety, promised health treatments for September 11th first responders, repealed the "don't ask don't tell" military policy, funded the government, and ratified the Russian arms treaty.


Please click here for entire article.


The NARI Virtual Green Remodeling Course Starts January 13th 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST (on-line and teleconference connection) 


The class consists of 16 topics related to green and sustainable remodeling including: Basic Building Science; Indoor Environmental Quality; Deconstruction vs. Demolition Foundation; Framing Roofing; Insulation HVAC; Electrical; Renewable Energy Appliances; Plumbing; Exterior Finishes; Interior Materials and Finishes; and Landscaping and Green Marketing.

The online course costs $495 for NARI Members or $695 for non-members. 

For more details, click here for an application.  For more information, call NARI National at (800) 611-NARI [6274] or e-mail info@nari.org. 



Show off Your Skills at Habitat ReStore

By Morgan Zenner

Rich Cowgill, CR, GCP, Cowgill Builders Inc. dba Vision Design and Build Inc., and Vice President of NARI of Greater Chicagoland put a new twist on remodelers hosting seminars in local showrooms; he teaches interactive remodeling classes at the local Habitat ReStore shop. 


Habitat ReStore is a building materials outlet store, under the umbrella of the Habitat for Humanity, an international non-profit organization that builds homes for families in need.


Please click here for entire article.


Employment Opportunity


A career opportunity is available for a Designer at one of our NARI member's showrooms. If you know of anyone who might have the essential skills to accommodate this position, a referral would be greatly appreciated. Please click here for details or call Lori Ring, Hamilton Parker at (513) 276-4840.


Landlord Ordered to Jail on Lead-Paint Violations

In a case pursued by the Maryland Department of the Environment, a Baltimore landlord was ordered to report to jail last week after he failed to bring all of his properties into compliance with the state's lead-paint laws. Please click here for entire article.


Record Keeping and Data Analysis

Good recordkeeping is vital in improving health and safety performance.  Accurate and detailed records outlining why an accident happened, what process or system needs to be changed to eliminate or reduce the risk of injury and how to make those changes are the goals of this step in a health and safety program.


What you can do:

  • Develop Accident Trends - Review your First Report of Injury Forms (FROI), OSHA 300 log or worker compensation reports to identify trends or clusters of injuries. Look for repeated incidents in a particular department or specific types of injuries (such as cut hands) that are occurring.  Use this information to identify opportunities to improve your safety and health process by focusing on these key areas.  Develop an Action List that outlines the problems, how to correct it and who is responsible for correcting any problems.
  • Establish and Track Leading Indicators - Track your proactive safety activities, e.g. number of safety audits completed, number and types of safety training or discussions, or number of near misses investigated.

All of this information is valuable in improving the safety culture and performance of your organization.



December 29, 2010




Construction Workers


Ohio Valley NARI

800.498.NARI (6274) | Fax: 937.222.5794 | info@naricincinnati.org